“Thank you for coming, and thank you for not forgetting.”
Those were parting words from Jerry Hagemann, commander of Albion VFW Post 736, at opening ceremonies for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall at Albion’s Fuller Park last Friday evening, July 8.
Some 250 to 300 area residents, veterans and visitors were on hand for the opening of the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The memorial contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who were killed in Vietnam from the 1950s through 1975.
“We learned hard lessons (from Vietnam),” said State Sen. Kate Sullivan, keynote speaker. She noted that many Vietnam veterans did not receive the respect they deserved in service to their country, because the Vietnam War was unpopular and divided the nation.
Details and photos of The Moving Wall in the July 13 Albion News Print and Electronic Editions.